Ramblings: Draisaitl Hat Trick, In More Ways Than One… But Flames Score Nine, Fleury Wins Wild Debut, Dadonov Still Hot (Mar 27)

Ian Gooding

2022-03-27

Brock Nelson has been hot for so long that he's managed to reach 30 goals for the first time in his career. Nelson has 11 goals in his last 12 games, including a goal on Saturday. Not surprisingly, his 30 goals lead the Isles.

Not to be outdone, Anders Lee has 11 goals in his last 11 games. These Islanders are already being scooped up in fantasy leagues, but I also cited the Islanders' high number of games remaining as a reason to add these players and others from that team. The higher-than-normal production is simply a bonus. Lee finished the game with a goal, assist, and a minus-2 – good for a Draisaitl Hat Trick. When this game finished at about lunchtime on the west coast, I was hoping this DHT wouldn't be the only one of the day. Sure enough, there would be more.   

Beyond Nelson and Lee (25 goals), no one on the Islanders has more than 12 goals this season. And you thought they had a balanced offense.  

With an assist on Craig Smith's goal, Charlie Coyle now has 22 points in his last 28 games. The majority of his minutes during that time have been on a line with Smith and Trent Frederic. Turns out that you don't need top-6 minutes to score in Boston.

In the 6-3 win over the Islanders, both Taylor Hall and Brad Marchand finished with a goal and two assists and a plus-2. From January 1 on, Hall is a near point-per-game player with 35 points in 39 games. Before the new year, Hall had just 14 points in 26 games.

Brayden Point also finished Saturday with a Draisaitl Hat Trick (1 G, 1 A, -1).

Nikita Kucherov has just one goal over his last 12 games. He has recorded seven assists over that span to still make himself useful in fantasy lineups. I wouldn't be surprised if his production is good but not great until the playoffs, when he will turn it up a notch.

Alec Martinez returned to the Vegas lineup on Saturday. To balance things out cap-wise, Reilly Smith was placed on LTIR.

Dylan Strome extended his point streak to five games with a goal. After starting the season with